About Rosslyn Chapel

'It came into his mind to build a house for God's service, of most curious work, the which that it might be done with greater glory and splendour, he caused artificers to be brought from other regions and foreign kingdoms and caused daily to be abundance of all kinds of workmen present as masons, carpenters, smiths, barrowmen and quarriers.....'

Father Hay, author of A Genealogie of the Saintclaires of Rosslyn, describes the start of Sir William St Clair's plan.


Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 as a place of worship and services continue to be held here weekly. The Chapel has also been a popular destination for visitors for generations. By the late 18th-century, it was starting to appear on itineraries and its profile greatly increased after the publication of Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code, in 2003, and the subsequent film.

The Chapel is still family-owned. Its owner, the Earl of Rosslyn, is a Trustee of the Rosslyn Chapel Trust, which was established in 1995 to care for the Chapel and oversee its conservation and public access. The Trustees run the charity through a Management Committee, under the chairmanship of the Countess of Rosslyn, who is also a Trustee. Other members of the committee are volunteers with relevant skills and experience.

Executive management is delegated to the Director, Ian Gardner (pictured right with Lady Rosslyn), who reports to the Management Committee and leads a team of full-time and part-time staff.

Rosslyn Chapel Trust  is a registered Scottish charity, number SC024324, and a company limited by guarantee, number SC161958.


Rosslyn Supporting Organisations

 Cyclists Welcome


Highly commended at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Awards, 2013

Commended at the Scottish Design Awards 2013



For general enquiries mail@rosslynchapel.com

For enquiries relating to events or film and television requests learning@rosslynchapel.com

Please send media enquiries to director@rosslynchapel.com

Please send all questions or comments for the guiding team to guides@rosslynchapel.com

Rosslyn Chapel Trust Rosslyn Chapel, Chapel Loan, Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9PU

Tel: +44 (0)131 440 2159

Fax: +44 (0)131 440 1979

Please note that that email addresses that contain rosslynchapel.co.uk or .org.uk will NOT be received by the Rosslyn Chapel Trust and a reply or confirmation cannot be guaranteed.


'Rosslyn Chapel' is a registered trademark of Rosslyn Chapel Trust.


Rosslyn Chapel


Green Tourism

At Rosslyn Chapel, we are committed to working in a sustainable way. You can download our Green Policy here.

This is put into practice in a number of ways -  for example, by having sensors in the toilets to ensure that lights are switched off when  not required, using low energy light bulbs, encouraging visitors to come by public transport, supporting local suppliers through our gift shop and coffee shop, and recycling and reusing paper and waste. Our biomass boiler provides environmentally- friendly heating and we are members of the 'Cyclists Welcome' scheme.

Rosslyn Chapel Trust works with Changeworks to recycle our paper, cardboard, plastic and cans. Between January and December 2014, 4,104.5kg of material was recycled and 1,450.5kg of CO2(e) was diverted. From the beginning of January 2015 to the end of February 2015, 368kg of material was recycled and  199Kg of CO2 was diverted.

The Trust has a silver award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, which recognises and helps to improve our sustainability.



'..would like to say, what a wonderful experience'
S. Mitchell, USA
'...amazing to have such an ornate building on our doorstep. I will definately be back.'
D. Wallace, Scotland